Hillary Clinton said governments shouldn't tell women what to do with their bodies when it comes to abortion during Wednesday night's final and third presidential debate. Donald Trump, who has said in the past that women who have abortions should be punished, said Clinton's policy views will mean more late-term abortions.
“I strongly support Roe v Wade... so many states are putting very stringent regulations on women, that block them from exercising that choice,” Clinton said.
Trump shot back: "If you go with what Hillary is saying, you can take the baby, in the ninth month, and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother.. it’s not OK with me."
Clinton schooled Trump: "That is not what happens in these cases, and using this kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate. You should meet some of the women who have been affected."
The debate held at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas marked the final time Clinton and Trump would directly address each other before the Nov. 8 election. The previous two presidential debates saw the candidates attack each other's policy proposals but can largely be summed up as three hours of insults and barbs over cheating husbands, who was the biggest liar and which candidate voters liked less.
Clinton was leading in the polls after she was declared the winner of both the previous debates and Trump has increasingly been forced to address allegations that he sexually assaulted a growing number of women. Trump, who has said the election is rigged, has also raised questions about Clinton's use of a personal email server during her days at the State Department. WikiLeaks has been releasing internal Clinton campaign communications in recent weeks that also put her White House bid under the spotlight.
With mounting concerns that Trump would challenge the election results if he lost, his daughter Ivanka Trump said before the debate that he would accept the outcome of the 2016 presidential election despite his recent "rigged" accusations.
"My father is in this to win it, and I'm not interested in talking about alternative outcomes. Of course, my father will always do the right thing, that’s the kind of person he is," Ivanka Trump said Wednesday's Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.
The debate unfolded in Nevada, a crucial swing state that voted for Barack Obama twice. The former secretary of state was ahead in Nevada, 46 percent to 44 percent.
Pro-abortion activists argue that Republican-controlled state governments are increasingly limiting abortion access. At least 38 states require an abortion to be performed by a licensed physician and 18 states require an abortion to be performed in a hospital after a specified point in the pregnancy, policies that can limit women's access to the procedure.